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Downtown Christmas Event and Tree Lighting

Main Street of Monticello proudly presents……….

ornamentA Downtown Christmas Event with our First Annual “Community Christmas Tree Lighting”

Friday December 4th 2015 from 5 PM to 9 PM.   The Community Christmas Tree will be located in the Garden behind the Wirick-Simmons House at the corner of Pearl Street and Cherry Street.
The Christmas Season will be kicked off with a Tree Lighting Ceremony with our Mayor Tom Vogelgesang at 600pm, followed by Santa Clause arriving on his Fire Engine at 6:30 PM. Santa will then go to his workshop on Cherry Street for your personal photos and wishes to be heard.
Join in with Christmas Caroling and listen to “The Night Before Christmas” told in the old English tradition.  There will be vendors on Dogwood Street including the Fire Department’s famous Boston Butt sales and “Christmas Cakes” from our local Woman’s Club.  All the downtown stores and restaurants will be open for their “Vintage Friday” for early holiday shoppers.

Other events around the Downtown area include:

 “Manger in Monticello” at the First Methodist Church located at 325 Walnut Street

 Local artists and musicians as well as hands on crafts for children, free to the public, will be at Tupelo’s Bakery and Cafe.

Non Profit only Vendor Booths available at no charge.Call Anne Holt at 850-576-0721 for further information.

Child in Santa's lap

Child in Santa’s lap


About Main Street

Main Street of Monticello, Florida, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 1997. We have a board consisting of 8 directors and one project manager.

Our Mission

Creating and marketing a positive image of downtown Monticello and Jefferson county through sound economic development that promotes our future while preserving our past

Crowd listening to a speaker at First Floridian First Americans Conference

Crowd listening to a speaker at First Floridian First Americans Conference


Welcome To Monticello!
There are many reasons for the community to actively encourage the revitalization of our downtowns and protect the history and ecology of the whole county.
An economically healthy county:

  • Builds a positive image for its community. An attractive downtown reflects Monticello and Jefferson County’s pride in itself and its future.
  • Creates job opportunities. Revitalized downtowns attracts new investors and visitors while strengthening services offered to the local community.
  • Saves tax dollars. Revitalization stabilizes and improves the area’s tax base, and protects the investment already made in downtown and county infrastructure.
  • Preserves the communities historic resources. In an economically healthy county property owners can afford to maintain the historic commercial buildings and thus preserve an important part of Jefferson County’s heritage.
  • Helps to control sprawl. Second stories can be converted into condos and luxury apartments, decreasing the need for more housing developments.

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The First Floridian First Americans 2015 was a rousing success. We enjoyed a large interested crowd during the day and even more for the two evening events. A full report will be posted soon. We are pleased with the completed evaluations received – you can post an evaluation to ahholt@ahholt.com
Upcoming Events

*First Floridians First Americans 2015*


Three full days of presentations will tell the story of Florida’s people before the Spanish came. Archaeologists, paleontologists, anthropologists, other scholars, many who worked on digs in Jefferson County, will explain what the pre-Clovis discoveries — artifacts proven to be more than 14,000 years old found in this area mean to scholars and the people who live close to the sites.

Dennis Stanford, head archaeologist for the Smithsonian has been invited to open this second First Floridians First Americans Conference. Mike Waters of the Center for the First Americans at Texas A & M University will explain the controversy among scholars created by discoveries made in the Aucilla Basin. He will tell of past local discoveries such as a stone knife embedded in plant matter and a mammoth tusk scholars contend is the earliest proven large animal kill in North America. Scholars will discuss the possibility that this part of coastal Florida may prove to be the earliest human settlement in North America. There is even a question that these paleoIndians may have come from Europe.

Confirmed scholars from Georgia, Pennsylvania and Canada agree to design their remarks to make them understandable and interesting to laymen. Papers will be edited for publication post-conference and slide presentations will be posted on the First Floridians web site. We will present an extensive display of artifacts from this area, with informational docents, open to viewing by the public to help explain the story of the First Floridians: First Americans.

This project will give scholars new information and lay attendees an understanding of the importance of protecting the archaeological, anthropological and early historic sites in our county.

Our target audience is residents and students of Monticello, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Leon & surrounding counties and scholars interested in the archaeological exploration of the Southeast. We will use newspapers and other print media, radio, television, Internet Media releases, posting on related web sites and social media to market this conference.

Jim Dunbar, Lee Newsom, David Webb, Glenn Doran, Erv Garrison are among the scholars confirmed. Dennis Stanford of the Smithsonian and others have been invited. David Ward, Ed. Green, and Jack Carswell will conduct educational field trips to several archaeological sites.

Copies of slide presentations will be posted on www.firstfloridiansconference.com and available to the public.

Attendance will be taken through site registration this information will allow us to collate origin of attendees.

Evaluations will be distributed to attendees and collected each day.

Another copy of the evaluation will be e-mailed to registered attendees and collected after the conference.

*Our Goals*

(1) Educate local residents and students about the importance of the paleo Indian discoveries in the Aucilla Basin, and help them understand how critical it is to protect them from pot-hunters and progress.

(2) We expect to exceed the number of registered attendees in the original First Floridians First Americans Conference of 608. We know many couples registered as one, and we gave out 750 programs to attendees.

(3) Keep the discoveries in the Aucilla Basin a part of the paleoIndian  scholarly conversation throughout the world.


For more about Monticello visit: www.visitjeffersoncountyflorida.com.